Bevan’s French hat-trick inspires Warriors to big win

Bevan French scored a hat-trick and was instrumental in a few more tries to help Wigan to a comfortable 30-12 victory over Salford.

Wigan manager Matt Peet made two changes to his side which won 32-12 at Castleford last week. Tommy Leuluai and John Bateman replaced Abbas Miski and Iain Thornley.

Meanwhile, Paul Rowley made three changes to his Salford side who lost 43-16 at Hull KR. Sitaleki Akauola, Andy Ackers and Sam Luckley returned to action. The trio replaced Ryan Lannon, Morgan Escare and Danny Addy.

The Warriors had a good start to the game and immediately put themselves forward. A break from Liam Marshall on the left wing saw him help support Harry Smith inside. Smith converted his own try.

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No more tries were scored in the first half, but Salford were lucky not to be further behind at the break as Wigan were in a comfortable position throughout the first half.

HT: Salford Red Devils 0-6 Wigan Warriors

Harry Smith in action for Wigan |  Photo: John Clifton/SWpix

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Harry Smith in action for Wigan | Photo: John Clifton/SWpix

Everything Peet said alongside him in the sheds at halftime clearly worked as the Warriors went on a trying spree.

Marshall scored his first goal on a cheeky kick from Jake Bibby. In the 50th minute, Jai Field and Bevan French combined brilliantly to run the full length of the pitch, with the latter scoring.

Wigan then scored three tries in six minutes, with the French Australian full-back completing his hat-trick and Marshall getting his second.

Salford got on the scoresheet in the dying embers of the game through Deon Cross and Kallum Watkins, but they proved to be only consolation tries as Wigan finished 30-12 winners.

FT: Salford Red Devils 12-30 Wigan Warriors

Salford: Brierley; Sio, Cross, Lafai, Burgess; Croft, Sneyd; Akauola, Ackers, Ormondroyd, Livett, Watkins, Taylor. Replacements: Luckley, Bourouh, Gerrard, Dupree.

Tries: Cross, Watkins Goals: Sneyd 2

Wigan: Field; French, Isa, Bibby, Marshall; Smith, Leuluai; Singleton, Powell, Byrne, Farrel, Bateman, Ellis. Replacements: Mago, Partington, Havard, Shorrocks.

Tries: Smith, Marshall (2), French (3) Goals: Smith 3

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